The Presage collection offers elegant wrist watches that combine Seiko’s traditional watchmaking skills with dials that showcase different forms of Japanese craftsmanship, from enamel to Urushi lacquer. Now, Seiko pays tribute to Japan’s rich cultural heritage in a series of two Presage automatic watches with dials made of porcelain from Arita.
The heritage of Arita porcelain is respected in the color of the dials, white with a trace of blue, which was the color of the earliest Arita porcelain. The dials have the rich texture and depth which is the signature of all the finest porcelain.
Arita, a small town on Kyushu, the third largest island in southwest Japan, came to prominence in the early 17th century clay suitable for porcelain manufacture was discovered. Its porcelain products soon became highly prized in Japan for high quality of the artistry.
Within a generation, Arita porcelain became recognized overseas. Japan started exporting Arita porcelain when the country opened its doors to international trade in the 19th century.
Today, Arita porcelain is still highly prized worldwide. Many porcelain makers still thrive in the town, thanks to its long tradition of craftsmanship, to the rich variety of its products and to the uniquely Japanese sensibility that they embody.
Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial Series
For this new Presage series, Seiko has opted for a new Arita porcelain that is more than four times harder than the usual material and has both the strength and flexibility required for the new watch dial.
The new Presage porcelain dials are made by an experienced manufacturer in Arita that has been making porcelain since 1830. Hiroyuki Hashiguchi is the master craftsman. He and his colleagues have been developing the dials with the Presage team over the past few years.
This new Presage series comprises two interpretations of the design. Both models house Seiko’s high performance 6R series calibers.
Equipped with the Seiko caliber 6R27, the first Presage Arita Porcelain dial (reference SPB093J1) watch comes with a power reserve indicator at the nine o’clock position and a date indicator at six o’clock.
The second model with a date at 3 o’clock (reference SPB095J1) houses the new automatic caliber, 6R35, which delivers a power reserve of 70 hours.
The crystal glass is a dual-curved sapphire, while the exhibition case back reveals the fine finishing of the 6R movements. Both versions are 10 bar water resistant.
The Presage Arita Porcelain Dial series will be available from September, 2019 at Seiko Boutiques and selected Seiko retail partners worldwide.
Series: Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial
- Automatic Watch with Date and Power Reserve, Reference SPB093J1/ SARW049*
- Automatic Watch with Date, Reference SPB095J1/ SARX061*
*Corresponding JDM (Japan Domestic Model) references
Caliber 6R27 (SPB093)
– Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
– Power reserve: 45 hours
– Number of jewels: 29
Caliber 6R35 (SPB095)
– Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
– Power reserve: 70 hours
– Number of jewels: 24
Case, dial and strap
Stainless steel case
Arita Porcelain dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
See-through screw case back
Diameter: 40.6mm, Thickness: 14.1mm (SPB093)
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm (SPB095)
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail prices in USD: $1,900 (SPB093) / $1,700 (SPB095)